10 Facts About Smiling You Didn’t Know

Smiling.  Just thinking about the word makes you smile a little doesn’t it?  This simple act that we have been doing since we were babies may be the most important thing we ever do.  They say smiles are contagious.  When you walk by someone with a big smile on their face don’t you just smile in spite of yourself?  You don’t even know why they are smiling, but there’s that hope that it’s something really really good.  Check out 10 facts about smiling that you didn’t know.

  1. Fake it ‘til you make it: It’s a proven psychological fact that if you force yourself to smile even if you don’t feel like it that you will eventually improve your mood.  Not to mention the mood of others that you are smiling at.
  2. Smiling improves your health: When you smile you are more relaxed and that means you are feeling less stress and we all know that stress is hazardous to our health.  Staying relaxed will actually improve your immune system.
  3. It takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown: Why not take the easy way out and smile instead?
  4. Smiling is a way to communicate across language barriers: Smiling is universally understood the same way across all cultures and languages.
  5. Smiling can help you get that next big job: It’s a proven fact that people who smile are perceived as being more outgoing and attractive.  Those people are more likely to get the job versus those who do not smile much.  No one wants to work with a sour puss.
  6. Girls smile more than boys: This carries over into adulthood as well.  Women make more eye contact than men, but in similar work place environments research shows that it balances out and men and women smile about the same number of times a day.
  7. You can smile 19 different ways: Every smile means something a little different.  There’s the smirk, the grin, the social nod when passing someone on the street and the ear-to-ear smile that reaches your eyes and uses nearly all of the muscles in your face.
  8. Babies can distinguish between a smile and a frown: Babies actually prefer people who smile to people who don’t smile.
  9. Babies have a special smile for loved ones: Babies actually have different smiles and save their special smiles for the ones they love the most.
  10. Smiles are contagious: If you smile at people they tend to smile back.  If everyone were to smile the world would be a happier place.  Try it.

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